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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Sunday Sweets: More Mario Mania

Ah, classic video games and cake: it just doesn't get much better.

Now, Yoshi is hard to resist anyway, but mold him in chocolate...

Yeah, I'd say "YEAH!" is about right. ;)

(Sub'd by Josh G, & made by his lovely girlfriend Lindsay H.)

Also ranking insanely high on the "irresistible" scale is this grumpy goomba:

(Sub'd by Jake & originally posted here, but the baker isn't listed.)

As a bonus bit of geek cred, I hear those music notes are the Mario 1-1 theme song.
My mind, it is boggled.

This next one is actually made with brownies, but I couldn't resist including some old-school 8-bit action:

(Sub'd by Amanda C. and originally posted here, where you can also see an 8-bit Link.)

This delicious diorama comes all the way from Scotland:

Made by Fay of Fay's Cakes for her son.
(Hey, Fay, you looking to adopt any thirty-something geek gamers? Just curious.)

And because I'm in love with that little bomb:

Ok, seriously: I want this entire cake in a plush, so I can love it and squeeze it and call it "da bomb." Do you think that can be arranged, LisaFemmeFondant? :)

And finally, a Mario face-off:

(Made & submitted by Wrecks fan Eleanor H.)

So perfect, it's hard to believe it's cake! Gorgeous.

Lots of fun coming up next weekend: John and I will be attending Star Wars Celebration V here in Orlando, so naturally next Sunday will be all Star Wars Sweets! If you have one to nominate, send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com. (And if you're going to be at Star Wars Celebration, be sure to say 'hi' if you see us!)

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Reader Comments (58)

Oh my gosh, these are amazing! I think my 5 year old is going to pee his pants when he sees these :)

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Would Fay be willing to make that cake for my boyfriend and send it to Seattle? LOVE IT!!!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaMamaJama

Finally! Cupcakes done right!! These are pretty friggin' sweet!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterskateBettyT

I LOVE these! The Yoshi cake inspired a squeal only dogs could hear, and I'm totally with you on "da-bomb". Time to fire up the ol' Gameboy and play some old school Mario!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Such artwork goes into these.

I'm kinda a 'cake mix/canned frosting' girl myself.


August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

We'll be at C5 - will you be somewhere with a bag of your books? How will we know you? Looking forward to a geeky weekend!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

That last one looked like it involved cupcakes... and yet there was no gnashing of teeth... interesting...

I love the Yoshi cake! When my younger brother got a puppy, I suggested he name him Yoshi after the game because he was a big Mario fan. Sadly, our Yoshi went to doggie heaven, but everytime I see Mario cakes, it makes me smile.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

The only time that a bomb makes me say Awwwwww

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 20 month old went "boom!" when she saw the bomb and then just kept reaching for it saying "me,me." (That means she wants it.)

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMamaJEM

Ack! I'll keep my eyes peeled for you at Celebration! And hey wow that sounded super stalkery. I'm easy to spot; just look for the nerdy blonde fangirl. Ha ha!

Hopefully Celebration will inspire some Orlando Wreckarators and we can have another round of Star Wars Wrecks too. I love the pretty stuff, but nothing beats a Wreck. I'd like a random sheetcake with some plastic SW doodads please.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPitgirl

LOVE! Simply stated.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I love Mario!!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the brownie cake! It works for exactly the reason cupcake cakes don''s supposed to be made out of little squares!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlizznarf

Oh, how I wish I still had my classic nintendo! I would blow into the cartridge and go play some old school Mario brothers right now!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Vagabond Priest

These are so amazing and remind me of all my summers in jr. high trying to beat Super Mario. oh, the memories.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I like the brownie photo - I can never manage to cut brownies nicely, let alone make things out of them.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

what is even harder to believe is that you've featured what might possibly be a cupcake cake! that last mario one is really fantastic...

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

Those cakes look so delicious that I would find it hard to eat them!

-French Bean

Yoshi is a girl!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! These are all so fantastic, but the old school brownie Mario totally blows my mind!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

My 8yo son wants all of these for his bday! LOL :) AWESOME CAKES!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Where were these cakes when I was a kid! Today I whipped up a Betty Crocker cake mix and spread Betty Crocker frosting on it, and I felt like I was doing pretty well!

Single Dad Laughing

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Pearce

Jen - I'll bring the SW flotsam cake to C5 and you flag me down by waving a Cake Wrecks book around k?
I'll be looking for you - you can't miss me - I'm the one with the adorable guy in the bright green power wheelchair (my son) who is the ultimate SW fan. Not me. I'm just going along for the ride and to be his assistant. (and to take in a little Disney in the evening).

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Amazing....they look delicious. I really love to bake and it encourages me more when I those picture of cakes.Thank you and good job.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUnique Chocolate Gifts


I have an important announcement on behalf of Mario geeks everywhere.

It's Bomb-omb!!!!

That is all.


August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

That Mario head shows a PERFECT use of cupcakes!!!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Maky

Ummm... pretty sure that last one is a dreaded CCC. Does it get a pass because it's Mario? :)

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSomething Blue

Super Mario nostalgia is in the air! Check out Neatorama:

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love that you occasionally post what great cakes look like! I fear my standards were starting to lower as I laughed at Wrecks for weeks on end! Thanks. These are gorgeous.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay from Toronto

I have a friend of mine make a different video game cake for my husband each year!

From Mario to Zelda to Sonic, you can see them here:

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Original Drama Mama

The Mario bombs are actually called Bob-ombs, which I think is equally as cute a name. :)


August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those look awesome. I'd be too afraid to eat them. You can't wrong with Mario

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Jen, as near as I can make out, that is the 1-1 theme music on the Goomba cake (I'm a musician, and believe me, I have most of the themes memorized).

When I saw the staff, I thought, "wouldn't it be cool if that was the actual music?" So it would appear. Gotta love it when people pay attention to detail.

Speaking of same, I love the ultra-precise rendering on all of these cakes. They didn't approximate, they got the characters exactly right, even to shading. Just goes to show it can be done.

wv: wrest. Are more 'Mario-like' wrecks lurking out there, waiting to wrest these beloved characters from the clutches of the competent?

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

"As a bonus bit of geek cred, I hear those music notes are the Mario 1-1 theme song."

the great part of being both a music geek AND a retro geek is that I knew that before I had even read down that far! ;)

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNate

The old school one is not quite Old School...See Super Mario Galaxy 2 world 9. This is the world and you have to hop from square to square...they disappear on you so you have to be fast and not get hit...The red is lava...the other spaces are empty or ok to stand on for a second...

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnge

To the folks sniffing that the last cake is a CCC: I don't see that thing frosted together into a misshapen, sticky, hot mess and plastered onto a board with even more frosting so no, it is not a "dreaded CCC".

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterseasix

I really don't get why you keep saying "geek" for something as mainstream as Mario. Probably everyone and their mom has played those games and anyone who hasn't is probably strange, really old, or too young to start playing video games.

I really love the bomb cake. I want the little Mario in a form that I can keep on my desk. :D

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You have no idea how big of a Mario nerd I am. I have made mushroom cupcakes and a big Toad face once, but nothing as amazing as these. I absolutely love these!!

If I get married again, I'm totally having a Mario-themed wedding cake. Thank you for making me eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee so loudly I probably woke the neighbours ^_^

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I just shared these with my obsessed Mario sons. They're both like, "when are you ordering us a Mario cake?!" Thanks, Cake Wrecks - LOL!

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

All I can say is I want that cute bomb cake.. heck I would love it in a plushie too lol. I love Mario Kart and that bomb just makes me laugh every time someone gets hit with one.. yeah I have an evil streak lol.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I have been asked to make a Mario cake for my sons 4th birthday this year. I hope it comes out even half as good as these. Wow!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSirona

The fireflower is in the details and the magic star is in the time and effort. Go designers! Yes, I am tired and lacking in vocab.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

Does anyone know of a how to page or get instructions for that 8-bit Mario brownie? I think I might be able to make that, but definitely not the others!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

OMG! I always thought my cake would make cakewrecks... but never in a good way!! I am sooo honoured and floored!!! Yippeeee!!!!

:) Lisa

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisafemmefondant

If you want a bob-omb plushie, try Etsy. A ton of folks make them there at any given time. Cuuuute!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ange- tell me you're joking, ok? You do know that that world in Galaxy is a joke because it is a giant version of the Mario sprite? You do know there are old school games, right?

BTW, look again at your game- in Galaxy, their are a lot of GREEN squares that dissapear when you stand on them. This brownie cake doesn't have them. It looks...just like the original Mario sprite.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix

I saw someone already beat me to the nit-picky & nerdy punch -- Yoshi is indeed a girl and you called her a "him". Dudes don't lay eggs.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Wish I'd actually looked yesterday - I could have played Mario for Wii - but now I have to get some work done! Great! Now I'm going to play original Mario Bro's in my head while making bows!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

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